KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

Fun With Grandkids: A Program Series

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Fun with GrandkidsThis fall, we are inviting grandparents and grandchildren to come together for some fun bonding time at the library! Don’t miss out on our Fun With Grandkids events. Please click program titles for a list of dates, times and locations and to register if required.

Fun with Grandkids: DIY Spa
Create everything you need for your own intergenerational spa day! Make your own pampering products–foot scrub, bath salts, body glitter and lip balm–to take home! Pre-registration is required. For kids ages 6 to 96.

Fun With Grandkids: Let’s Play! Nostalgic Gaming for Ages 6 to 96
Experience games of yesteryear in this program designed for grandparents, grandkids and appreciators of old-fashioned fun. Enjoy nostalgic games like Checkers, Shooting Marbles, Jacks, Old Maid and Pick-Up Sticks. You may even get to shout “Bingo!” Best enjoyed by kids ages 6 and up and their parents and/or grandparents.

Fun with Grandkids: Zentangle
Grandparents connect with younger friends or family members through the fascinating world of Zentangle. Whether you’re looking to form beautiful structured images or want to spend time learning a new skill, this easy-to-learn method can bring out the artist in everyone. Engage your creativity and sense of fun through the fascinating world of Zentangle! Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. Open to children ages eight and above and adults of any age.

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Reminder About KDL’s New Catalog: Holds & Reading History

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

With just 8 days left before we launch our exclusive new KDL catalog, here’s just a quick reminder about a few temporary service disruptions.

  • No holds may be placed after 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Fill up your hold queue now and when the new KDL catalog goes live on September 17, you can go to town and place up to 25 holds!
  • Users of the Reading History and My Lists services in the LLC catalog who want to retain their information will need to download their data before September 14. Here are the instructions:
  • From Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16:
    • Library users will be able to check material out at KDL locations, but returned material will not be checked in. Overdue fines will not accrue on KDL material for these dates.
    • KDL items that are currently checked-out cannot be renewed during this time.
    • KDL will not issue new library cards during this time.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our sneak peak at KDL’s New Catalog, the blog post announcing the new KDL Catalog and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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KDL Introduces Boomer Social Club

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

In order to offer interesting and useful programs for patrons of all ages, Kent District Library now offers  the Boomer Social Club programs spanning from nostalgic recreation to improving physical and mental health to protecting seniors from financial exploitation.

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Current programs include:

Avoid the Scam – Some deals seem too good to be real, and many of them are! Get tips from the Kent County Sheriff’s department on how to avoid getting scammed through the mail or online. While senior citizens are especially encouraged to attend, this program is recommended for all adults.
Monday, September 21, 10:00 AM Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 PM Tyrone Township Branch
Monday, November 16, 6:30 PM Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch

Celebrating Life in the Laughter Lane – As part of our Boomer Social Club, senior comedienne Judy Schreur will show you a humorous look at the power of laughter: why we need to laugh, what makes us laugh and how to make others laugh. This workshop will motivate you to look at the positive and good things in your life.
Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 PM Grandville Branch
Monday, November 2, 1:00 PM Plainfield Township Branch

Matter of Balance – Learn how to manage fears of falling and improve your balance. This 8-week series of classes at the Englehardt (Lowell) Branch will help you stay healthy and independent by learning how to re-think fall prevention in order to limit fears as well as incorporate strength and flexibility classes to improve balance. This award winning program is provided in partnership with Senior Neighbors. Registration for the entire series is required.
Thursdays, September 10-October 29 1:00 PM Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

Boomer Social Club also holds social gatherings with speed dating, trivia and games.
Wednesday, September 30, 1:30 PM Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 PM Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch

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Win Passes to GrandCon!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Attention all gaming enthusiasts! The GrandCon Gaming Convention is coming to the Crowne Plaza Hotel (5700 28th St.) September 25-27. Here’s your chance to win two full-conference passes. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with your answer to this  gaming question: Name two tabletop games with a fictional place as the title.

Submit your answer by Sunday, September 13 to be entered into a random drawing. Two lucky winners will each win two 3-day gamer badges. Winners will be notified by email.

Good luck!


*** Congratulations to our lucky winners, Nicholas and David!

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Crowdfunding Expert to Motivate Local Innovators

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Calling all creative types with a dream to spearhead! Crowdfunding and Kickstarter expert Richard A. Bliss will take center stage at the Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library to share industry tips on the dos and don’ts of marketing and funding creative projects. Good Richard A Bliss

KDL is proud to present this 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, with extensive experience in content marketing, social media coaching and game publishing, to our local aspiring creatives. Game developers, designers, artists, musicians, film directors, writers, anyone in the creative field, is invited to attend the session.

In partnership with the 2015 GrandCon Gaming & Comic Arts Convention, Bliss will present the fundamentals of building a crowd and launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter boasts nearly 90,000 successfully funded projects with over $1 billion in pledges since its launch in 2009. Kickstarter is notably known for surpassing the money necessary to create the fan favorite Veronica Mars movie in just ten hours.

Join the informational session on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM at the Cascade Township Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE Grand Rapids 49546. Pre-registration is not required.

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Write Michigan Contest Kicks Off Today!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Write MichiganShort story writers, grab your laptops for the fourth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, presented by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Entries are accepted now through Monday, November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with cash prizes awarded for Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

Enhance your writing skills by attending one of the short story workshops being offered for teens and adults.

Learn more, including complete contest guidelines, by visiting the Write Michigan website.

We can’t wait to read your story!

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Great Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

ECEParents and caregivers of children are invited to participate in free Early Childhood Essentials classes at KDL this fall. If you have young children or work in child care and need professional development hours, this series is for you. All of the presenters are certified and vetted through program sponsor Great Start to Quality. The classes are for adults, and child care is not provided.

Registration is required and participation is limited. Sign up today by clicking on the links below or calling our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007. If you register and then are unable to attend, please call and let us know, as many sessions have waiting lists.

Designing Learning Opportunities
Thursday, September 3, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

Exploring Humor in Children’s Books
Monday, September 14, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Monday, November 2, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Injury Prevention
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch
Monday, October 5, 6:30 PM, Wyoming Branch

Growing Scientists
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

Positive Discipline
Monday, September 21, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch

Mini Day of Learning; Challenging Behaviors
Part I: How Might I fit Into Behavior Issues?
Part II: Tips and Tools for Creating Great Days for ALL!
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 AM, Part I, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, September 26, 12:00 PM, Part II, Cascade Twp. Branch

Let’s Solve Problems the Pre-school Way!
Monday, September 28, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Mini Day of Learning; About Learning
Part I:
Designing Learning Opportunities for Young Children
Part II: Growing Scientists
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 AM, Part I, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Saturday, October 3, 12:00 PM, Part II, Caledonia Twp. Branch
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 AM, Part I, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Saturday, November 14, 11:00 AM, Part II, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch

Understanding Communication Styles
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM, Byron Twp. Branch

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KDL Uncorked Serves another Round of Favorites to Patrons

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Returning this fall after a fruitful inaugural year, “KDL Uncorked” dishes out a variety of programs for wine and hard cider enthusiasts. This season patrons can look forward to free wine making and tasting programs held at various KDL branches and discounted winery tours and tastings. KDLUncorkedLogo_Print

New to the roster this year is wine entertainer Allie Merrick, director and co-host of the video series My Wine Words. “Don’t judge a book by its cover or a bottle by its label. When it comes to words and wine, translating tones and textures is key to discovering the depth and dimension of what you read or sip. I look forward to sharing with lovers of literature an experience where what’s poured will be paired with pages of novels and prose,” said Merrick.

Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market in Northwest Grand Rapids, will lead Winemaking 101 classes at several KDL branches. Jason Lummen, owner and creator of The People’s Cider Co. welcomes patrons to come and learn about the art of dry cider making, inspired by the European cider drinking culture.

As with the KD aLe beer series, KDL Uncorked includes a pair of off-site events, a buy-one get-one wine and cider tasting at Kayla Rea Cellars in Rockford and a tour and discount tastings at Cascade Winery.

To register for any of the KDL Uncorked tasting events, go to kdl.org/events or call (616) 784-2007.

List of Events:

KDL Uncorked: Wine Tasting & Tour at Cascade Winery Wine crafters and owners Rose & Bob Bonga invite you for an educational tour of the Cascade Winery. Enjoy a variety of seasonal wines for 50 cents per taste. Participants must be age 21 or older. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
Wednesday, September 16, 6:00 PM, 4665 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

KDL Uncorked: Winemaking 101 Join wine aficionado Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market, as he talks about the ins and outs of making wine at home. Learn about the basic equipment and procedures needed for making wine from concentrated kits, as well as with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Monday, September 21, 6:00 PM, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM, Walker Branch
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 PM, Tyrone Township Branch
Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 PM, Caledonia Township Branch
Monday, November 16, 6:00 PM, Englehardt/Lowell Branch

KDL Uncorked: Wine Tasting at Kayla Rae Cellars Enjoy buy-one-get-one tastings and a presentation by winery owner Karen Grossman on how current wine and cider selections were developed, created and refined. Participants must be 21 or older. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 PM, 31 Courtland St. NE Rockford
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 PM, 31 Courtland St. NE Rockford

KDL Uncorked: The People’s Cider Co. Tour and Tasting Discover a fresh take on craft beverages in West Michigan. Jason Lummen, owner and creator of The People’s Cider Co., will give a tour and provide free tastings of their Traditional Barrel Aged Ciders. Tastings are free and $4 half pints will be available for purchase. For adults ages 21 and older.
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 PM, 600 Maryland Ave NE, Suite B Grand Rapids

KDL Uncorked: Wine & Words with Allie Merrick A perfect pairing of bottles and books. Join Allie Merrick, co-host of My Wine Words, as she pairs wine with literary works. Read and sip between the lines in a unique wine experience. Pre-Registration is required. For adults ages 21 and older.
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, November 19, 6:00 PM, Kentwood/Richard L. Root Branch

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Civic Theatre Passes: The Great Gatsby

Monday, August 24th, 2015

gatsbyStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Comstock Park and Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branches for the dress rehearsal of The Great Gatsby on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.

Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admissions sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM. Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.



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Take a Sneak Peek at KDL’s New Catalog!

Monday, August 17th, 2015

With one month until our September 17 launch of the new, exclusive KDL catalog, we thought a status update and a sneak peek may be in order. As you can see from this photo taken in KDL’s learning lab, we’ve been very busy training our staff on the new setup. TrainingLab_Photo1-smaller

We apologize for the temporary inability to access interlibrary loan services while we migrate to our new system. By October 1, KDL cardholders can use MeLCat, the statewide resource sharing system, to request items KDL does not own. There will be a direct link to MeLCat from the KDL catalog and it is an easy electronic process to request books. By going directly to MeLCat from the KDL catalog, we will offer our customers access to much larger library collections around the state. Over 400 of Michigan’s public, school, college and university libraries participate in MeLCat, including 39 of the 41 Lakeland Library Cooperative member libraries.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

Change can be a struggle, but we think within a short time, you will come to love the enhanced features of the new catalog, while still enjoying the ability to interlibrary loan material. Please bear with us through this process as we work on increasing and improving our services to you. For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our previous blog post and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new KDL catalog …

Results for Title Search for “girl on the train”

Here’s a quick look at a fictional, demonstration patron’s Holds when logged into her account…

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

And here’s how Digital Checkouts will display for this demonstration library patron…

A library patron account will show both "Digital Checkouts" and "Library Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Digital Checkouts” and “Library Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

Here’s how “Library Checkouts” will display…

A library patron account will show both "Library Checkouts" and "Digital Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Library Checkouts” and “Digital Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of KDL catalog! Stay tuned for more information on our September 17 launch!

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